Bach's Six Partitas achieves 52.5% increase at Sotheby's



2015-06-26 13:01:29

Bach's Six Partitas achieves 52.5% increase at Sotheby's

Johann Bach's Six Partitas soared above estimate in the Andre Meyer auction

An extremely rare first edition copy of Bach's Six Partitas for Keyboard has sold with excellent results as part of the auction of investment banker Andre Meyer's estate.

The two-day sale, which is being held in Paris by Sotheby's, began yesterday (October 16) and will close today with a previously unknown manuscript from Beethoven expectedto highlight.

Johann Bach six partitas first edition Bach has been remarkably popular at auction in 2012

Bach's Six Partitas for Keyboard was the first part of his renowned Clavier-Ubung, which he personallypublished in several sections between 1726 and 1730. They are the first of his works to be published under his own direction and also the last keyboard suites that he ever composed. A further three books complete the Clavier-Ubung series.

The first edition ofthe Partitas at auction is one of just six known complete copies to have survived, as well asone of the finest to have been offered for salein recent years. Thisedition contains the imprint of Rosine Dorothee, daughter of the bookseller JT Boetius, with whom the work was sold.Dorothee was the wife of Johann Gottfried, who provided the title page engraving for Clavier-Ubung I. This feature is removed in subsequent copies, increasing the present example's appeal.

Against a 100,000-150,000 ($129,000-194,000) estimate, the work sold for an impressive 228,750 ($369,611), achieving a 52.5% increase in value from the high valuation. The current record for Bach's work at auction was set in June this year, when a manuscript of one of his cantatas sold for $544,856 at Christie's.

Aportrait of Bach doubled its pre-sale estimate at an auction in Philadelphia earlier this week.

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